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Hampton & Richmond Borough
Hemel Hempstead Town
C Dickson (31'), T Roberts (91' Sent Off)
Full time
K Connolly (37'), H Sanchez-Watt (90')
Tue 7 Aug 19:45 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League South Attendance 570

Beavers heartbroken by late Tudors winner

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A 90th minute goal by Hemel's Herschel Sanchez-Watt handed the Beavers their first defeat of the season.

Sanchez-Watt's late winner was compounded by an injury time red card for substitute Taurean Roberts for what looked to have been a punch following a challenge that left both players on the ground, but many in the crowd were puzzled by the fact Watt's reaction in retaliation was little different to Roberts' original offence and the referee chose to only show a yellow card.

Gaffer Gary McCann chose to keep the same team that earned a draw at Slough for his first match league match at Beveree, in warm sultry conditions.

The match started in an open manner with Hemel creating the more chances, Jordan Parkes forcing Tom Lovelock to tip over the bar as early as the 3rd minute, and Steve Cawley heading just over the bar 10 minutes later.

However, the Beavers took the lead in the 31st minute as Ricky Wellard made a timely challenge in midfield, the block sent the ball perfectly into the path of striker Chris Dickson; the number 10 advanced between the covering central defenders and coolly slid the ball past Hemel keeper Laurie Walker.

The Beavers' lead only last some 6 minutes as Kyle Connolly found himself in space and lifted the ball over the on-rushing Lovelock, as cries for a possible foul in the build up went unheard by the referee Mr Richardson.

Hampton reacted immediately, another chance was created for Dickson, but his first time shot skimmed the bar and left the Beavers level at half time.

The visitors opened the stronger in the second half, Steve Cawley hitting the post in the first few minutes, but the Beavers managed to keep their goal intact as Tom Lovelock was kept moderately busy without looking like he would be beaten.

just after the hour, Josh Mcleod-Urquhart nearly converted a free-kick won by Rhys Murrell-Williamson, but his cross was punched away by a stretching Walker, as the Hemel defence temporarily lost concentration.

As the rain began to fall on a verdant Beveree, Hampton so nearly took the lead; Hemel keeper Laurie Walker having to get a strong hand to Craig Dundas' powerful header from close range to keep the visitors in the game.

The Beavers were now starting to create more chances; Zak Joseph dragging one wide before Dickson beat the Tudors' offside trap to plant a firm header just over the bar.

With seconds of normal time left, Tom Lovelock was left stranded by a long range Hemel shot that clipped the bar, and it looked as if the Beavers might hold on and register a second 1-1 draw, but then the game took a savage twist away from them in added time.

Sanchez-Watt found himself unmarked in a crowded Hampton box to nod home Parkes' free kick from the Beavers left hand side to snatch the game from Hampton, with the sad conclusion being Roberts' dismissal a minute or two later.

After the match, Gary was disappointed, "There's no question of their effort and desire, we just need to get the fine details right ahead of Saturday."

"It's a little bit of a concern to me at the moment of how open we are, we have to be a little more prepared and organised for the counter-attack and that's something we'll be looking at."

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Key moments

31:00
Goal Chris Dickson scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough
37:00
Goal Kyle Connolly scores for Hemel Hempstead Town
90:00
Goal Herschel Sanchez-Watt scores for Hemel Hempstead Town
90:00 +1:00
Red Card Taurean Roberts is sent off for Hampton & Richmond Borough

Highlights

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90:00 +1:00 Yellow Card
Herschel Sanchez-Watt is yellow carded for Hemel Hempstead Town
90:00 +1:00 Red Card 1 - 2
Taurean Roberts is sent off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
90:00 Goal 1 - 2
Herschel Sanchez-Watt scores for Hemel Hempstead Town
84:00 Sub Off
Zak Joseph is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
84:00 Sub On
Taurean Roberts is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
76:00 Sub On
Alex Osborn is substituted on for Hemel Hempstead Town
76:00 Sub Off
Karl Olyide is substituted off for Hemel Hempstead Town
71:00 Sub On
Jake Eggleton is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
71:00 Sub Off
Casey Maclaren is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
71:00 Sub Off
Rhys Murrell-Williamson is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
71:00 Sub On
Danny Uchechi is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
70:00 Yellow Card
Dan Bowry is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough
59:00 Sub Off
Connor Dymond is substituted off for Hemel Hempstead Town
59:00 Sub On
Reece Prestege is substituted on for Hemel Hempstead Town
45:01 Sub Off
Tom Hamblin is substituted off for Hemel Hempstead Town
45:01 Sub On
Tom Day is substituted on for Hemel Hempstead Town
End of period 1
45:00 Yellow Card
Oliver Sprague is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough
37:00 Goal 1 - 1
Kyle Connolly scores for Hemel Hempstead Town
31:00 Assist
Ricky Wellard makes an assist for Hampton & Richmond Borough
31:00 Goal 1 - 0
Chris Dickson scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough
24:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Parkes is yellow carded for Hemel Hempstead Town
22:00 Yellow Card
Casey Maclaren is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough
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As it happened

  • Hampton & Richmond Borough
  • Hemel Hempstead Town
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  • Casey Maclaren Yellow Card 22:00'
  • Jordan Parkes Yellow Card 24:00'
  • Chris Dickson Goal 31:00'
  • Ricky Wellard Assist 31:00'
  • Kyle Connolly Goal 37:00'
  • Oliver Sprague Yellow Card 45:00'
  • Tom Day Sub On 45:01'
  • Tom Hamblin Sub Off 45:01'
  • Reece Prestege Sub On 59:00'
  • Connor Dymond Sub Off 59:00'
  • Dan Bowry Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Casey Maclaren Sub Off 71:00'
  • Jake Eggleton Sub On 71:00'
  • Rhys Murrell-Williamson Sub Off 71:00'
  • Danny Uchechi Sub On 71:00'
  • Karl Olyide Sub Off 76:00'
  • Alex Osborn Sub On 76:00'
  • Zak Joseph Sub Off 84:00'
  • Taurean Roberts Sub On 84:00'
  • Herschel Sanchez-Watt Goal 90:00'
  • Taurean Roberts Red Card 90:00 +1:00'
  • Herschel Sanchez-Watt Yellow Card 90:00 +1:00'

Team selection

Hemel Hempstead Town
  • 1. Laurie Walker
  • 2. Lloyd Doyley
  • 3. Kyle Connolly
  • 4. Jordan Parkes
  • 5. Tom Hamblin
  • 6. Ismail Yakubu
  • 7. Herschel Sanchez-Watt
  • 8. James Kaloczi
  • 9. Karl Olyide
  • 10. Steve Cawley
  • 11. Connor Dymond
  • 12. Tom Day
  • 13. Alex Osborn
  • 14. Spencer McCall
  • 15. Reece Prestege
  • 16. George Paulin

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. Chippenham Town 42 55
14. Dulwich Hamlet 42 49
15. Hampton & Richmond Borough 42 49
16. Hemel Hempstead Town 42 48
17. Gloucester City 42 47
18. Eastbourne Borough 42 42
19. Hungerford Town 42 42

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